Apr 25, 2012

Statement by UFCW International President Joe Hansen Calling for Walmart CEO and Board Chair Resignations

Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and Chair of Change to Win, today released the following statement to join Walmart associates in the demand for leadership changes at the retail giant.

"The corruption scandal and reported cover-up exposed an unacceptable failure of leadership within Walmart. Walmart Chairman Rob Walton and CEO Mike Duke must resign immediately in an effort to restore integrity and accountability for Walmart associates, shareholders, customers, and communities. 

 “The New York Times exposed a widespread pattern of Walmart executives bribing government officials to secure permits to build stores in Mexico, followed by a cover-up led by corporate leaders including Duke and Walton. The article raises serious questions about whether Walmart has used the same tactics for its expansion in the United States and across the globe. 

“For decades, Walmart has pursued a growth-at-any-cost strategy in cities and towns across the United States and globally. In the U.S., we have watched Walmart secure the building permits, variances, and zoning changes to open its stores, in spite of concerted community opposition.

“The public deserves a wholly independent and thorough investigation of Walmart’s practices. Communities across the globe should take heed of Walmart’s reported unlawful and unethical practices in Mexico, as the company works at a rapid pace to in expand its retail stores in South Africa, India, and China, to name a few, in addition to its global supply chain operations.”


Unknown said...

We Korean unions are behind you and UFCW to call on Walmatization to stop for the workers around the world Jay

Jay Social Democrat Korea said...

Start to open my words to the world through google blog.

Amber Sparks, UFCW said...

Thank you, Jay! And yes, it's wonderful--the internet is opening up the world to solidarity in all kinds of way we couldn't have imagined years ago. It makes it that much easier for us all to stick together and hold international companies like Walmart accountable for their business practices and the way they treat their workers--all over the world.